Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Remarks at the Broadcasting Board of Governors public board meeting on November 30, 2016:
Mr. Chairman, Governors, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Adam Clayton Powell III, and I am President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. But these remarks today reflect only my views and not those of either organization.Read More
Wednesday, November 30th 2016
Jeff Shell, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced at today’s open board meeting that this could be the last meeting of the BBG board.
Under legislation introduced that was to be considered this afternoon, the BBG board members would only serve until the end of their terms – and all board members’ terms have already expired. That means there would be no board, effective immediately.Read More
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Susan Stevenson began her Foreign Service career at the U.S. Information Agency and adapted her craft to the Department of State, where she prospered. Susan Stevenson is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs. In this article, published earlier this month and repeated her with her permisision, she looks back over her career and the changes in world politics and media that have elevated the role of public diplomacy.
Why Public Diplomacy Matters More than Ever
When I joined the United States Information Agency in 1992, public diplomacy was not seen as equal to other cones in the Foreign Service. My entry-level training class was separate from that of my State Department colleagues, with whom we interacted only twice: an overnight trip to Harper’s Ferry to simulate working in an embassy and our graduation ceremony in the Ben Franklin Room. State Department counterparts wondered if we public diplomacy officers had to take the Foreign Service Exam (we did) and whether we hadn’t scored as well. Early in my training, a State colleague learned I had an Ivy League degree and was surprised I hadn’t joined State instead, not knowing I had turned down three State offers before joining USIA.Read More
Sunday, November 27th 2016
“. . . the turn to social media among popular movements has degraded the experience of participating. Activists and “clicktivists” might connect and pay attention to an issue for a short amount of time, but they often fail to engage fully in the struggle.”
Headline: How Social Media Helps Dictators
Subhead: It's been hailed as "liberation technology." But it has a darker side.Read More
Sunday, November 27th 2016
“The Russian authorities are vitally interested in promoting the idea of a new cold war with the west for domestic and foreign policy interests. . . . However, there are at least three significant differences between the Cold War period and the current situation.”
Headline: This is not a new Cold War
Subhead: Fresh talk of a new Cold War between Russia and the west relies on outdated thinking and ignores new realities.Read More